Ronaldo Targets Pele’s Goalscoring Record

Cristiano Ronaldo will not retire until he breaks the goal record of legendary Brazilian striker Pelé.

This is according to Gary Neville, Ronaldo's former teammate at Manchester United.

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Ronaldo, who remains in phenomenal physical shape at 35, receives 725 goals as a professional.

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His count saw him become Real Madrid's all-time top scorer, and he scored a few goals while playing for Manchester United and Juventus as well.

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But it is somewhat behind the icon of Brazil, Pelé, who according to records scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances.

However, his count included goals scored in friendly matches, so Ronaldo currently occupies 556 points.

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And Neville believes that the Portuguese hero's obsession with being considered the greatest footballer of all time means that he wants to take Pelé down.

"It is an obsession, an absolute obsession with scoring goals, applying every day, being the fittest he can be," Neville told Sky Sports.

"I think he raised his professionalism every year and made progress.

"I have no doubt that he wants to play, and Jamie [Carragher] mentioned James Milner wants to play in his 30s and 40s, I think he [Ronaldo] has a plan to take Pelé's record.

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"I really believe that he wants to beat Pelé's numbers, that's where I think he's on his mind.

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"He wants to be the best ever and that is his only goal, understanding along the way whether he is the greatest ever in the teams where he wins, wins trophies and succeeds."

Ronaldo is currently in Madeira during the coronavirus blockade, with his private jet landing in Madrid.

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